Royal Poinciana’s Inspirational Beauty


He who plants a tree plants a hope. ~Lucy Larcom

The first time I viewed this magnificent tree in bloom I was in awe. The year was 1977, and I had relocated to Palm Beach County. Forty-two years later, my reaction is the same. The royal poinciana tree, also known as the flame or flamboyant tree, has orange/red petals and a yellow and white center. It can grow forty to fifty feet in height, and often the umbrella shaped crown is greater in width than the tree’s height.

Although I do not have a royal poinciana on my property, I enjoy several views within a couple minutes of my house. My daily walk in the neighborhood is punctuated by the dazzling flowering beauty during May and June. How’s that for spring time in Florida?


Photo Credit:  Linda A. Mohr

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